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Publisher's Summary

Jack London's masterpiece tells the gripping tale of a dog named Buck who is wrenched out of his life of ease and luxury to become a sled dog in Alaska. Drawing on his wolf heritage, Buck must fight for survival in an alien environment.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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  • 06-25-15

the song of the pack or the call of the wild?

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I remember reading Jack London's The Sea Wolf several years ago, which I think is his best book. Mr London is very good at describing scenes. This one is from the viewpoint of the dog (Buck). It is well written and a quick listen.

The narrator is very good except he's a little slow for me. I bumped the speed up to 1.5x which worked well and made the book even shorter.

I was a little surprised by the last phrase of the book "...which is the song of the pack.". Seems more fitting to have ended with "...which is the call of the wild." Anyway, it was a good story.

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awesome

great one of the best books I've never read...I mean I don't really even like books but this was great.

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Nice quick read.

Very nice to hear the classics brought to life. Never got a chance to read this when I was young. Nice quick read.

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Still good!

I think I was probably eight or maybe nine the first time I read The Call of the Wild. It was my favorite book for a long time.

Almost thirty years later, this is my first reread since I was twelve or perhaps younger, I have to admit it's still a great book.

Yes, the prose is a bit archaic and it's a pretty simple plot. But it's a poignant look at what animals are put through every day and it definitely has some tear-jerker moments.

Young or old, I absolutely believe everyone should read this book at least once.

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Favorite so far!

Truly a rollercoaster of a story! Really connected with me as a dog owner and lover!

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Story was good. Not the most compelling writing.

Yeah I enjoyed the story overall but the writing style and stuff made it feel a little slow at times so it wasn't like a nail biter or some big page turner.

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Awesome

Well written story and the narrator did a great job. I liked the way that Buck was portrayed because it i showed me the small world of a Dog that lives to pull a sled in Alaska, and how every dog we have is connected to the past.

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When the optional heading is not optional

Good story. I expected a lot more from a Jack London book, but it was still a fantastic story. not many one liners, but the story ittself was fantastic and full of depth. like Buck, we all feel a call to go back to the wild.

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  • 02-19-18

essential read/ re-read

Quick read/ listen and a great narration.
It's not just about the dog, its about you...

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Thrilling

I never realized this classic was from the perspective of a dog. As a modern day John Thornton myself it was an incredibly painful read. Reminded me of Tarzan meets William Wallace. I'm glad I caught up and listened to this classic. I am glad it had what Buck would call a happy ending. I had to keep reading because of it. I'll never watch this in movie form.

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  • 12-24-13

Pacy classic

I came to this after listening to a Radio 4 production of London's "The Sea Wolf" and, if I'm honest, because it turned up cheap.

Technically the recording isn't as clean as some others, but this really just adds to the vintage atmosphere.

There's a lot going on, many villains, a few heroes, and a lot of exposition from the dog's point of view.

If you're a dog lover, you'll have your dander up in a few places, but it's no spoiler to say that things will be settled to your satisfaction. As story that has a lot of period detail and vocabulary (obviously) but it doesn't feel dated.